June 2nd, 2009

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Jill Biden gets flack from wingnut for being awesome, rather than a homo/transphobic prick.



A conservative activist is troubled that Vice President Joe Biden's wife is "giving respectability" to a homosexual activist group with a long history of displaying a permissive attitude toward sexual relations between adults and teens.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has announced that veteran educator Jill Biden will be a featured speaker at its "Respect Awards" gala in New York on June 1. The event is billed as an evening to "recognize individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN's efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America's students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

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Does the homosexuality/paedophilia conflation meme have it's own Godwin rule yet?
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No 3rd Governor Term For Pawlenty



Two sources have confirmed that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

The sources confirmed to WCCO-TV political reporter Pat Kessler that the announcement about Pawlenty's future plans will include an announcement that he will not seek a third term.

The announcement is expected to be made at a 2 p.m. press conference.

Pawlenty, a Republican, is the state's 39th governor, succeeding Jesse Ventura after he declined to seek re-election. He has served two terms in the position.

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I could have told you that!

btw Michele Bachmann has been on the prowl around the state... going on a cover listening tour to prepare for a run? One can only hope, although I'd feel bad for Jim Ramstad in that case (he's a decent Republican and he's probably going to run for gov now)
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Video of NBC Obama White House special

Tonight and tomorrow night NBC is doing a big behind the scenes at the Obama White House.   There are a few awesome clips already up. 

POTUS and FLOTUS doing adorable tricks with the adorable Bo!

Video here (sorry can't embed)

and great videos of Rahm kicking the camera crew out of his office, Robert Gibbs trying on some new shoes and Obama's assistant throwing him a basketball and him chillin' in the back of his car, feet up, as they went for burgers.

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Republican: I Was Ousted From Seat For Criticizing Limbaugh... they are eating their young!!!

Marathon County GOP spokesman Kevin Stevenson ousted for remarks

The Republican Party of Marathon County has stripped its spokesman of his title less than three months after he wrote a column critical of conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh.

Kevin Stevenson said he believes his March guest column in the Wausau Daily Herald criticizing Limbaugh turned local party members against him.

"They felt I was too moderate in what I was speaking and printing," he said.

Stevenson, who characterizes himself as a "John McCain-type of Republican," said the conflict was a microcosm of a national debate about what political message to put forward. A debate at a local Republican meeting on Thursday "got hostile and it got personal," he said.

When Stevenson criticized Limbaugh for saying he wanted President Barack Obama to fail, other local Republicans wrote to the newspaper, arguing that conservatives ought to want Obama's policies to fail.

"This is just part of what you're seeing nationwide," he said. "(Party members) know that I don't agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is hurting us more than helping us."

Kevin Hermening, the local Republican Party treasurer and a past president, said although Stevenson's columns were circulated among the party's executive committee, they did not always represent the views of most members.

"If the leadership had wanted a more moderate position, we would have let him (continue)," Hermening said.

Stevenson, who lives in Merrill, was removed when the party adopted a new interpretation of residency -- but he said he considered that an excuse.

Party Chairman Joe Wachtel said he disagreed with the decision to remove Stevenson as spokesman, but that he also disagreed with a moderate position.

"I don't think the Republican Party and the conservative movement is going to be served by being Democrat-lite," Wachtel said.
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White House "Furious" Over Israels Plans To Build Market In E. Jerusalem

U.S. demands Israel halt construction in East Jerusalem market

Washington is furious over the Interior Ministry's anticipated approval of a plan to build a new hotel in East Jerusalem
, just 100 meters from the Old City's walls. The plan, which would see the demolition of a wholesale market and kindergarten, is slated to be approved today.

In conversations with Israeli officials, senior American officials have made it clear that they want Israel to freeze all plans for expanding the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, and especially in the Holy Basin - the area adjacent to the Old City.

The regional planning and building committee for Jerusalem will discuss the plan Tuesday. It was submitted by the Jerusalem municipality, which owns the land on which the hotel is slated to be built, and the state-owned Jerusalem Development Authority, which will actually construct it.

The site in question is in the wholesale market, just east of the Rockefeller Museum.

The Interior Ministry's district planning office told Haaretz that it will recommend the plan's approval.

The plan calls for a 200-room hotel that will be nine stories tall on its eastern face (where the ground is lower). It will also include a commercial building, which will be five stories tall on its eastern face, plus another three stories underground.

The plan will require the existing wholesale market to be demolished, along with a Palestinian kindergarten.

The hotel plan is only one of several proposals for expanding the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem. Another, which would involve evicting hundreds of Palestinians from King's Valley, on the outskirts of Silwan, was approved Monday by the Jerusalem municipality's planning committee despite the opposition of the city's legal advisor, Yossi Havilio.


Just wait for them to start building a Walmart, then we will know for sure if they turned ebil...
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Tancredo, Buchanan Bruised by Racist ‘Karate Chop’

Tancredo, Buchanan Bruised by Racist ‘Karate Chop’
Amid Aide's Guilty Plea in Assault Case, 'Racist' Attacks Backfire on Sotomayor Foes

On July 7, 2007, Marcus Epstein had too much to drink and stumbled onto Georgetown’s scenic, shop-lined M Street, walking in no particular direction. At 7:15 p.m., he bumped into a black woman, called her a “nigger,” and struck her in the head with an open hand. An off-duty Secret Service agent was watching. Epstein “jogged away,” according to the agent’s affidavit, and when Epstein was finally chased down, he “continued to flail his arms while being taken into custody.”

After this, say Epstein’s friends, the then-24-year-old conservative activist radically changed his life. He swore off drinking and started attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. He started treating the bipolar depression that had gone undiagnosed until that run-in with the law. In January 2008 Epstein plea bargained to a charge of simple assault, as part of a settlement that included a letter of apology to his victim and a $1,000 donation to the United Negro College Fund. He will be in court again July 8, but because he met the terms of his settlement, Epstein’s employers expect the ordeal to end then and there. Epstein could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Epstein was, and still is, one of the utility players in the immigration restrictionist fringe of the conservative movement, the executive director of both Pat Buchanan’s American Cause and former Rep. Tom Tancredo’s (R-Colo.) Team America PAC. Before and after the 2007 incident, Epstein worked (in an unofficial capacity) with Tancredo on his immigration-focused presidential campaign. He organized policy debates between conservative writers and leaders, including one with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) that was broadcast on C-SPAN. Epstein built coalitions and hobnobbed at Washington parties without much trouble, despite a record of controversial race- and immigration-focused writings and awareness that something bad — the details weren’t clear — had happened in 2007 that convinced him to go on the wagon.
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Is Dick Cheney being irrational or does he has a devious plan?

Cheney: "There Was Never Any Evidence ... Iraq Was Involved In 9/11" (VIDEO)

In an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren, former Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that there is no evidence that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attacks.

"On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that," he told the "On The Record" host in a joint interview with his daughter Liz. "There was "some reporting early on ... but that was never borne out," Cheney said. "George ... did say and did testify that there was an ongoing relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq, but no proof that Iraq was involved in 9-11."
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Cheney Blames 9/11 On Richard Clarke: "He Obviously Missed It"

Dick Cheney's recent and ongoing media blitz has been defined not just by the fervor with which he has defended his approach to national security affairs but also the extent to which he is willing to pin blame on others.

On Monday, the former vice president took to the National Press Club to discuss, once more, the policies he helped push and oversee while in office. Insisting that the Bush White House did everything it could to keep the American public safe, he placed responsibility for their most glaring failure on the counter-terrorism czar.

"Richard Clarke was the head of the counter-terrorism program in the run up to 9/11," Cheney declared. "He obviously missed it."
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Obama Forces Uppity Republican To Run The Army

Obama Forces Uppity Republican To Run The Army


New York Republican Rep. John McHugh, ranking GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote this thing for The Hill yesterday that very politely and professionally urged his fellow Republicans to hit Barack Obama hard over Iran, North Korea, the Defense budget, and various other foreign policy issues that the President is a chit-chatty pussy about. Barack Obama didn’t much care for these “tips,” so he kidnapped McHugh from his home last night and ordered him to become his new Secretary of the Army. And now play time’s over for John McHugh, for there will be no more of his fanciful “Help the Republican party!” schoolyard dalliances in The Hill, ever again. [NYT]

Is it me or I am starting to see a pattern in here... but then again conservatives do come up with great ideas on matter of National security...!



Wingnut Think Tank Proposes Laser Attack On Sea Pirates



While all you libtards were just drunkenly having sex last November to create the new army of Kenyan Obama Babies to be born fully formed in His Image this summer, important conservative academics at our nation’s better think tanks were boldly thinking about ways to kill African Sea Pirates with laser weapons. [Heritage.org via Alex Pareene's gchat status]
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Real Life: Why I Chose Abortion

The easiest choice I've ever made is also the hardest to live with.

By Gretchen Voss

Fireworks lit up the sky; great big booming explosions of color. It was New Year's Eve 2002, and I'd just found out I was pregnant with my first child. Surrounded by a dozen friends on Cape Cod, I thought those fireworks were meant just for me.

We wanted to keep it a secret, my husband, Dave, and I, so I stealthily poured nonalcoholic O'Doul's into my frosty mug, trying to act like I was the same old person I was yesterday. That lasted about an hour. I've never been good with secrets, especially life-changing ones.

Four blissful months later, the lights dimmed and the screen brightened. My rounded belly was covered in slick, warm gel. As I lay back on the cushy examining table at my doctor's office in Lexington, MA, fuzzy gray images of our baby pulsed on the monitor. It was curled up like a question mark in my womb-our baby-and Dave and I oohed and aahed over its perfect little features. "Is it a boy or a girl?" I asked, giddy-thinking, really, that the sole purpose of this routine full-fetal ultrasound was to determine what color to paint the nursery.

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I hope people aren't getting sick of these articles. I grew up in a neo-con home, and marched on the state capitol with my father on January 22 most of my teen years. (I live in Minnesota, so it wasn't on an extremely cold whim, either.) I never knew about any of this until I started reading comments on a Daily Kos entry yesterday.
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Debris spotted along Air France's route

Debris seen on Air France route; no signs of life
Seat cushion, life jacket among items spotted in Atlantic; 228 feared dead

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian military pilots spotted an airplane seat, a life jacket, metallic debris and signs of fuel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday as they hunted for a missing Air France passenger jet that carried 228 people. Brazil's Navy said three commercial ships in the area were joining the search.

The pilots spotted two areas of floating debris, but no signs of life, about 35 miles apart, about 410 miles beyond the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, roughly along Flight 447's path from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, said Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.

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Ugh, my heart goes out to the families and friends of these passengers.  This is so sad.
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Animators, It's Time for a Female Heroine--No Princesses Please!

Linda Holmes, over at NPR, writes a moving letter about her fervent hope that Pixar can take it's unparalleled talent and use it to create a true female heroine. An excerpt:

Of the ten movies you've released so far, ten of them have central characters who are boys or men, or who are anthropomorphized animals or robots or bugs who are voiced by and imagined as boys or men. These movies feature women and girls to varying degrees -- The Incredibles, in particular -- but the story is never "a girl and the things that happen to her," the way it's "a boy and what happens to him."

I want so much for girls to have a movie like Up that is about someone they can dress up as for Halloween, as Anika Noni Rose said about starring as the voice in The Frog Princess. Not a girl who's a side dish, but a girl who's the big draw.

And I'd really, really like it not to be a princess.

Holmes references Tiana, the first black princess coming out of the Disney shop. There was an article this weekend in the Times about the whispers of controversy surrounding early viewings of her movie. Some believe that various aspects of the film reinforce racial stereotypes. It's hard to know until the rest of us have had a chance to check it out, but it's easy to imagine Disney screwing this up after their past racial missteps.

If you could sit in a story meeting with Pixar or Disney and pitch a feminist heroine for their next blockbuster film, what would you pitch?

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I also should add, since this is related to my senior thesis paper, this information from the Geena Davis Institute.

Three years ago, while watching children's television programs and videos with her then 2-year old daughter, Academy Award winner Geena Davis noticed a remarkable imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. From that small starting point, Davis went on to raise funds for the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment (resulting in 4 discrete studies, including one on children's television).

The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films from 1990-2005, there were three male characters for every one female - a statistic that did not improve over time.

The concern was clear:
What message does this send to young children?

Of G-rated Films, 1990-2005

Fewer than one out of three (28%) of the speaking characters (both real and animated) are female.

More than four out of five (83%) of the films' narrators are male.

85.5% of the characters in G-rated films are white, 4.8% are black, and 9.7% are from "other" ethnicities.
 

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California: Haters Fail In Bid To Repeal LGBT Student Protections


 

Save Our Kids, an organization headed by the repulsive Karen England, has failed in their bid to repeal the California Students Civil Rights Act, as yesterday a Sacramento Superior Court dismissed their lawsuit. The suit specifically objected to discrimination protection granted to LGBT students. Via press release:
The court held that the plaintiffs had failed to show any way in which the statute was even allegedly unlawful. "We are pleased the court rejected this attack on the Student Civil Rights Act," said Carolyn Laub, Gay-Straight Alliance Network Executive Director. "School should be safe place for all children, including those who are-or are perceived to be-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender." The lawsuit was filed on November 5, 2008. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell, represented by California Attorney General Jerry Brown, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on January 8, 2009. On March 19, 2009, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center, Equality California, and Gay-Straight Alliance Network filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the motion to dismiss.
This is great win for the good guys, but also a chilling reminder of how vicious homophobic Christianists can be - they filed a federal lawsuit to allow the brutalization of gay youth. Save Our Kids previously failed to raise the necessary petition signatures to place a repeal of anti-bullying laws on the state ballot.

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Shiite-Christian alliance shakes Lebanon politics

BEIRUT (AP) — It's an unusual alliance in a country where your religion usually determines your politics: Christians siding with Shiite Muslim militant Hezbollah. But it has shaken up Lebanon's politics, and backers say it represents the future of this long divided nation.

The coalition is also strong enough it could bring the anti-Israel and anti-U.S. Hezbollah to power in next week's parliamentary elections. That possibility has turned this election into a fierce battle for Lebanon's Christians.
Sunday's vote pits factions backed by the United States and the West against a coalition led by the pro-Iranian and pro-Syrian Hezbollah and its ally, Christian leader Michel Aoun. Sunni Muslims overwhelmingly support the former, Shiites the latter — and Christians are divided between them.
That makes Christians the swing vote, so campaigning has been heavy. Pro-Western factions are playing on Christians' fears of Shiite domination, warning that Hezbollah could spread Iranian-style Islamic conservatism in the Mideast's most liberal country and draw Lebanon into another war with Israel, as many here feel it did in 2006.

"It's your choice between peace and war," Sami Gemayel, a Christian Phalange Party candidate, said in a recent TV appearance.
"The choice is between Gaza and a developed, civilized Lebanese state," he said, comparing a Hezbollah-led Lebanon to the isolated, war-torn Gaza Strip, ruled by Hezbollah's ally Hamas.

Christian critics have blasted Aoun as an opportunist, selling out his community for power.

Indeed, Lebanon's Shiites and Christians make an odd fit.
The Christians have historically looked to the West in politics, culture and even fashion — while Shiite Hezbollah and its supporters take their cues from Iran. Hezbollah is famed for its fight against Israel and support for the Palestinians, while Christians have been less interested in the Palestinians' cause, or even outright hostile to them, since they were on opposite sides of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.

Moreover, Hezbollah is a close ally of Syria, while Aoun — a former general and army commander — battled Syria in 1989 in a failed uprising against its control of Lebanon.
 

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Santorum tells Obama how to be a role model for African-Americans

Last night on Fox News, former Pennsylvania Republican senator Rick Santorum jumped on a popular right-wing meme and criticized President Obama for taking his wife on a date to New York City for dinner and a Broadway show. Santorum said that Obama is a “role model…whether he likes it or not, in the African-American community.” He then told Obama to act like a role model and…take his wife “down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot and a beer”:

And you have an African-American community, particularly in the poor inner city areas, we’re looking at out of wedlock birthrates in three quarters to 75 percent (sic) of children being born out of wedlock. Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American woman and is not desirable among African-American males.

Here we have a president of the United States who says that marriage is cool. You have respect for your wife, and you treat her with the respect and dignity that she deserves. And she is part of this team. And it’s not just part of professional team, but it’s also part of a personal, romantic team. I think that’s all great. So I think it’s important that he keeps having his date night. [...]

I think he has to realize that flying to New York is…self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot and a beer. It does not matter where you go with your wife, is that it’s with your wife.

Steve Benen writes, “I’m not sure which part of this is the most ridiculous — Santorum’s condescending attitude, his errors about African-American families, his apparent belief that he’s qualified to give dating advice to the president, or the fact that this discredited former senator continues to be a fixture at major news outlets.”
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Slaying Could Galvanize Abortion-Rights Activists



The shooting death in Kansas on Sunday of George Tiller, one of a handful of doctors in the nation who performed abortions late in pregnancy, is reverberating all the way to Washington, D.C.

Groups on both sides of the polarized abortion debate were already facing a summer of conflict, with Congress prepared to wage abortion-related battles over a new Supreme Court justice, several spending bills and even a health care overhaul.

Now activists on both sides say the Tiller murder has the potential to change the terms of the debate.

"I do think that many more people will become involved around this issue as a tribute to Dr. Tiller and his service to women," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. She said her group is already connecting people who contact them with volunteer opportunities, including working in clinics, on campaigns of pro-choice candidates and other activities.

Indeed, what worries the anti-abortion Family Research Council most "is how an action like this might be exploited" by the other side, said Tom McClusky, vice president of the group's legislative arm. Of particular concern is the idea that the abortion-rights movement would blame the entire anti-abortion movement for Tiller's killing, he said, "and we're already seeing some indications of people trying to throw everybody into the same boat."

But it's not everybody on the anti-abortion side that Keenan blames for Tiller's death — just those who have ramped up what she terms "hateful rhetoric" in recent months.

Among those is Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, who appeared at the National Press Club to urge anti-abortion leaders not to back down in the face of what's likely to be a public backlash from the shooting, which took place while Tiller was acting as an usher in his Wichita church.

"What that man did by shooting George Tiller is wrong. Period," Terry said.

But at the same time, he added, "the Obama administration, the child-killing movement, is going to try and lump all pro-life people together and to use Tiller's death to smear us all. And we can't let that happen. We can't flinch. We have to look them dead in the eye and say no, [Tiller] was a mass murderer. … He killed tens of thousands of innocent human beings at his own hand."

It's exactly that kind of rhetoric, says Keenan, that can prompt people to action. Indeed, news reports say that 51-year-old Scott Roeder, who has been charged with Tiller's shooting, had suggested to friends that lethal force was an acceptable way to protect unborn children.

"If they truly abhor the violence their rhetoric is encouraging, then they need to stop using the inflammatory phrases to describe the people they don't agree with," Keenan said. "And until then, I think their claims of the shock of Dr. Tiller's murder rings very hollow."

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Who else wants to see Randall Terry slingshot into the sun? Child-killing movement indeed. What an asscactus.
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Bank of America Wins Appeals on Overdraft Fees

The California Supreme Court overturns a 2004 class-action award to Social Security recipients from whose accounts the bank took fees for insufficient funds.

The California Supreme Court unanimously overturned a billion-dollar class-action award against Bank of America Corp. on Monday, ruling that banks can collect overdraft fees from accounts in which government benefits intended for subsistence are directly deposited.

The ruling threw out a 2004 verdict by a San Francisco jury that found the bank violated state law by taking fees for insufficient funds from accounts set up to receive Social Security benefits.
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Miranda: Hispanic Voters “Think Just Like Everyone Else…Not Like African Americans

Manuel Miranda, the controversial leader of conservative groups allied against Sonia Sotomayor, said on a blogger conference call that African American voters are different from Hispanic voters because Hispanics “think just like everyone else” on issues, “unlike African Americans.”

Miranda, you’ll recall, is the fellow who’s organizing a campaign to pressure the GOP Senate leadership into filibustering Sotomayor. As I noted below, Miranda had to resign as a GOP Senate staffer after getting nailed hacking into the computers of Senate Dems and swiping their strategy memos.

Today, Miranda did a conference call with conservative bloggers organized by the Heritage foundation, where he discussed Sotomayor. Asked how Republicans could oppose her while avoiding charges of racism, Miranda said they had to wage substantive attacks. Then he segued into a discussion of the views of Hispanics on issues, saying:

“By the way, Hispanic polls, Hispanic surveys, indicate that Hispanics think just like everyone else. We’re not like African Americans. We think just like everybody else.”

The audio is here; the key bit starts at around the 42 minute mark.

To be clear, Miranda didn’t appear to be saying that African Americans are unlike everyone else in that they don’t think. He seemed to be saying that everyone, including Hispanics, thinks one way on issues, and African Americans think another way. Perhaps Miranda meant otherwise, but this seems clumsy or wacky at best and seems to crudely isolate African Americans as a political group.

Miranda’s group is putting severe pressure on GOPers to follow his conservative coalition on Sotomayor, though you have to wonder whether they’ll follow his lead if this is what he really thinks.
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Obama the new King Tut?

Condé Nast Traveler's Susan Hack spotted this t-shirt in a Cairo market ahead of Barack Obama's speech on Thursday. As she notes, it's at best a back-handed compliment given that Tutankhamun had a relatively short and uneveventful reign before dying (under mysterious circumstances) at the age of 19:

I wondered, could the Obama/Tut souvenirs contain a not-so-subtle warning to the American president? A warning that says, "You may be young and powerful, but you--or at least your honeymoon with the Islamic world--will be in big trouble if you fail to live up to your promises."

When I asked 25-year-old shopkeeper Hamada Hagar, proprietor of the Welcome souvenir shop, about the meaning of the T-shirt, he merely shrugged. "NBC ordered it," he said, referring to the American television network. "My sister works for them. CNN ordered ceramic plates with Obama's picture on it and 30 cartouches with 'Obama' written in hieroglyphics.

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Seeing double: Texas school has 19 sets of twins

Armstrong Elementary has nine sets of doubles in second grade alone

Teachers are seeing double at Armstrong Elementary School in Garland, Texas, these days. But there’s nothing wrong with their eyes: Rather, the school seems to be ground zero for a national explosion in the rate of twin births.

There are 19 sets of twins at Armstrong Elementary, including nine sets in the second grade alone. And if that weren’t enough, another set showed up recently just to see what the story was with all the twins.

“When I was growing up, twins were an unusual, a rare thing,” noted TODAY correspondent Tiki Barber — an identical twin himself — in a report that aired Tuesday. “But in the last decade there has been an increase by more than 40 percent of twins born in this country. When I visited Armstrong, even I was surprised to see that they just seemed to be everywhere.”

“I’ve been in education a long time,” school principal Rebecca Ayars told Barber. “And I’ve never seen so many. I don’t know if it’s the water. Or what it is.” She considered other possibilities, then decided with a laugh, “I’m not going to go there.”

 

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Poll: More Arabs support national service

Despite being highly controversial among Arab public, more and more Israeli Arabs support national service

Yaheli Moran Zelikovich
Published: 06.02.09, 11:35 / Israel News

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GLAAD calls for apology from "Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show" for encouraging the beating of transgender or questioning children

Ugh. Just when you think we've rounded a corner, something disgusting like this crops up.

The Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show (a morning show apparently heard in Sacramento and Reno) recently spent almost 30 minutes discussing a transgender child in Ohio ... or, more specifically, how any parent worth his or her salt should handle a transgender or questioning child.

Here are Rob and Arnie's pearls of parenting wisdom:

"Hit him with one of my shoes ... I would probably throw a shoe at him."

"I’m going to look at him and go, ‘You know what? You’re a little idiot! You little dumbass! Look, you are a boy! Boys don’t wear dresses."

"I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down. And they end up in therapy."

If you want to listen to the whole clip, you can hear it below (the discussion begins around 4:48)


GLAAD has called for an apology from the show, and gives co-host Dawn Rossi credit for trying to stand up to her colleagues.

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Israel still looks good, warts and all

The alliance between the Western Left and Islamic anger is perplexing, writes Greg Sheridan

I HAVE my very own Israel problem and it is this: the Israel I know, which I have visited for weeks at a time, which I experience through its literature and media and the Israeli citizens I have met, bears no relation to the Israel I see in most of the Western media. That Israel seems almost to dominate Western intellectual life. It is commonly held that Israel lies at the heart of the widespread Muslim hostility to the West and much of the ideological conflict in the Middle East. But Israel must surely also lie at the heart of the West itself; it is so often the centrepoint of raging ideological debate, shrill mutual denunciation, ferocious polemic, emotional demonstrations, university activism and academic boycotts.

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I think it's a bit much, but there is a lot of points there. Unfortantly, I can't see Netanyhu willing to give up much land. Not to mention, that a settlement disbanded several days ago was rebuilt by its residents in THREE HOURS.

Don't know why the cute didn't work :[ Sorry everyone.

"A Brief History of the Radical Right"

Some good sites about the crazy right: http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/ (Orcinus)

Political Research Associates: http://www.publiceye.org/index.php



A Brief History of the Radical Right

By James Ridgeway | Tue June 2, 2009 2:44 PM PST

The revelation that Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Dr. George Tiller, belonged to an anti-government, white separatist group called the Montana Freemen might seem like an unlikely twist. After all, such groups are generally thought of as either indifferent to the issue of abortion or actively enthusiastic about its potential for reducing the nonwhite population. As it turns out, however, the journey from radical racialist to anti-abortionist isn't as unusual as you might think.

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The Deadly Toll of Abortion by Amateurs

BEREGA, Tanzania — A handwritten ledger at the hospital tells a grim story. For the month of January, 17 of the 31 minor surgical procedures here were done to repair the results of “incomplete abortions.” A few may have been miscarriages, but most were botched operations by untrained, clumsy hands.

Abortion is illegal in Tanzania (except to save the mother’s life or health), so women and girls turn to amateurs, who may dose them with herbs or other concoctions, pummel their bellies or insert objects vaginally. Infections, bleeding and punctures of the uterus or bowel can result, and can be fatal. Doctors treating women after these bungled attempts sometimes have no choice but to remove the uterus.

Pregnancy and childbirth are among the greatest dangers that women face in Africa, which has the world’s highest rates of maternal mortality — at least 100 times those in developed countries. Abortion accounts for a significant part of the death toll.
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Sexist Stereotypes About Working Women Wear Us Out



While Paul Thompson's Ask Men column about why women make bad bosses (we're emotional, territorial with other women, hold grudges and it's a man's world) reads like an unsatirical satire of what men think, Penelope Trunk's "women don't really have problems in the workforce" tome is just ridiculously stupid.

Her lede doesn't help:

I have said about ten million times that there is no more glass ceiling, there is no more salary gap between men and women, and there is no reason to keep bitching about sexual harassment because it's merely a legal issue, not a men-are-evil issue.

While Trunk links, it isn't to outside data sets that back up her analysis — it's to her own work, in which she encourages women not to report sexual harassment because it's better to deal with it yourself; the wage gap only exists for mothers and not single women (despite my childless — and many women's childless — experience to the contrary, including Lily Ledbetter's); and there's not glass ceiling because women don't really want to be in charge. Oh, ok, well, since Trunk apparently always got paid fairly when she was childless — as far as she knows, and I'd bet Ledbetter (who only found out 30 years into her career that she made less than her colleagues) might have something to suggest to her about that — and doesn't want to run a company, apparently everyone should stop worrying about it.

 

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Unwitting Gillibrand Tells 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists She Backs a 'Fuller Hearing'



There's probably a lesson here for anyone new to their office, which is to steer well clear of 9/11 conspiracy theorists with cameras.

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I know you can't really blame her for not realizing they were nutjobs... but these people do not need encouragement.

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LGBTQA + month of June = ?

President Obama declares June ‘LGBT Pride Month’

Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2009 / 05:28 pm (CNA).- In a Monday proclamation, President Barack Obama declared June 2009 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, outlining his plan to advance homosexual political concerns.

Instead of acknowledging those who disagree with his stance on such issues, the president called on all Americans to “turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” His proclamation began by referring to “patrons and supporters” of the Stonewall Inn homosexual bar in New York City who rioted against police.

“Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans,” he said.


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The uncertain future of Central Asian trail mix

Central Asian Fruit, Nut Trees Of Global Importance Under Threat

The forests of Kyrgyzstan, under threat like others in Central Asia. (Photo: Chris Loades, FFI)
June 01, 2009
By Antoine Blua
Central Asia is home to more than 300 wild fruit and nut species, including apple, plum, pear, cherry, pomegranate, almond, pistachio, and walnut.

But according to the newly released "Red List of Trees of Central Asia," this Garden of Eden is under threat.

Of the 96 tree and shrub species assessed in the report, 44 are identified as globally threatened with extinction, according to internationally agreed criteria. More than half of them are considered "critically endangered."

The Global Trees Campaign coordinator for the conservation group Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Georgina Magin, says that these threatened species include both locally and internationally important fruit and nut species.

"There's around 16 fruit and nut species that are included on the list, and they're important really at two levels," Magin says.

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Live Post? "NBC Presents: 'Inside the Obama White House'".



On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 & 3, 9-10 PM ET, NBC News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams will take viewers "Inside the Obama White House," for an exclusive, wide-ranging look at what happens throughout the White House and the West Wing during a day in the life of the Obama administration. There will be more than a dozen crews and cameras strategically placed throughout the White House, capturing nearly ever aspect of the day. This unique documentation will consist of behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with key administration players and those who make the West Wing work.

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I have no idea if it's being streamed online, but IT'S ON TV RIGHT NOW, JSYK.

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ETA: Here it is - INSIDE THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE (Episode One).
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clarence thomas speaks at local highschool graduation

"We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"High school students share a plane ride, invite him to graduation

By CARISSA DIMARGO and CHRIS GORDON

Updated 3:33 PM EDT, Tue, Jun 2, 2009



High school seniors Terrence Stephens and Jason Ankrah, star football players at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., were sitting on a plane returning from a recruitment session at the University of Nebraska when they struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to them.

Their seat-mate just happened to be a major Cornhuskers fan.

When they started chatting, Stephens and Ankrah didn't have a clue they were holding court with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

"I was amazed this guy knew so much about us as football players and as people," said Stephens. "That was shocking. I felt honored to be known by someone of his caliber. He was just a regular old guy, sitting in coach, which really shocked me."


By the time the plane landed, the students had figured out who Thomas was, and they promptly told their principal they wanted to invite Thomas to give the keynote speech at their high school graduation. Of course, Principal Carole Working didn't exactly think Thomas would take them up on it. But he showed up at the high school on Monday.

"These young men had no idea who I was as I formed my first impression. I was just another stranger to them. They were wonderful ambassadors for your school and for their fellow students," said Thomas at the Quince Orchard graduation ceremony.

When Stephens and Ankrah arrived on-stage to receive their diplomas, they were both embraced by Justice Thomas.

Ankrah will be playing football for Nebraska next year, but Stephens will be attending Stanford. The justice said he doesn't have any hard feelings over that.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/We-Didnt-Know-He-Was-Clarence-Thomas.html?yhp=1

my old high school I am sort of jealous of those that got to graduate this year too bad most of them didn't know who he was